Tone Report Weekly Issue 114 - Page 50

SHOE SAVIOR MACHINE REVIEW BY YOEL KREISLER STREET PRICE $185.00 Many overdrives have come and gone through my studio in the last couple of years. I like to think that I’ve seen it all, that everything that can be done has been done, and that there is really no more room for improvement on what’s essentially a perfected format. Whether one likes his or her tones inspired by the proverbial “mean greenie” or a mythical beast, a complete slew of pedals are available for them. But what if they are looking for something a little different? What if their tastes extend past the tried and true overdrive formulas, and they find themselves wanting 50 GEAR REVIEW // something different? Usually, a certain word will set off the lust. “Smooth,” “gritty,” and “thick” are a few of descriptors that may set players off, but for me, that word is “transparent.” The Shoe Pedals Savior Machine is marketed as such, so naturally, I was quite excited to dig in to this dirt pile to see if I could somehow unearth the unobtanium that is the perfect co mplement to my guitar and amp. The Shoe Savior Machine is CJM Venter’s take on a transparent overdrive circuit, made for placement after delays or reverbs (something that is Shoe Savior Machine tantamount to heresy in some of my circles). However, this pedal is made for shoegaze music, which generally uses a somewhat odd technique to add thickness to delays or reverbs, effectively creating a “wall of sound” that defines this genre. While admittedly I haven’t listened to as much shoegaze as I probably should, I can see how this pedal would do well in those scenarios. It’s a bit darker than an average transparent overdrive, and lends itself to a different style and tone. The pedal has a wonderfully handmade, boutique aesthetic that makes it feel